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Sponsored: Hack the Future of Journalism

Source Women 2 Go on June 9, 2014 0 Comments

By Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute

The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, in partnership with the Public Media Platform and KQED, is inviting developers, journalists and innovative thinkers to come together to build tools that help journalists improve the quality of news and information in a social media world.

The activity will take place at RJI’s first hackathon the weekend of May 31-June 1 at KQED in San Francisco.

The event is sponsored by Google, with additional support from Wayin and Chute. Hack the Future of Journalism is also part of National Day of Civic Hacking.

RJI Selects 13 Storytellers to Become Reynolds Fellows

Source MediaShift on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

RJI, or the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute, has awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, the largest number that it’s handed out yet. But what may be even bigger news is that six of those fellows will take part in so-called “institutional fellowships,” under which they’ll work directly with media organizations, such as the Washington Post and the Texas Tribune, to try to find solutions to the challenges that face the news industry every day.

The companies that are involved have honed in on a project and a person to oversee it, and RJI will give each company $20,000 and other funds to cover travel and other expenses for the project. The current group of companies that are taking part in the institutional fellowships include the Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio, VML, LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and the Texas Tribune.

In addition to the six institutional fellowships, RJI has tapped two residential fellows to work full-time on their projects in Columbia, three non-residential fellows, and two University of Missouri campus fellows.

Faribault Daily News' Smith wins national fellowship

Source on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

Faribault Daily News’ Smith wins national fellowship

Jaci Smith, managing editor of the Faribault Daily News, was named a 2014-2015 Reynolds Journalism Institute Fellow, one of 13 nationwide who will work with RJI on a wide range of projects to advance the journalism industry.

Smith will spend eight months starting this fall working on the creation of a native advertising program that can be implemented by small community newspapers nationwide. RJI will provide funds to cover travel and other expenses to Daily News parent company Huckle Media LLC to get the project done.

Reynolds Journalism Institute fellowship program grows

Source The Columbia Tribune on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute expanded its fellowship program this year, opening the door to institutional fellows, leading to an expansion of the overall number of people and groups studying how to improve journalism.

RJI announced the year's round of fellows last week, including institutions such as The Washington Post, St. Louis Public Radio and The Texas Tribune. Other institutional fellows are LION Digital Media, Huckle Media and VML.

How Students Used PublishThis to Curate RJI’s Mobile First Symposium

Source Journalism.Missouri on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

At the Missouri School of Journalism, students are guinea pigs for new innovations, products and processes that are breaking ground in the news and digital spheres.

Ten students in Jim Flink‘s Emerging Technologies class had firsthand experience using a curation news application during a live event, the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute‘s Mobile First symposium in early April. Students selected and commented on content related to presentations by speakers from Google, CNN, Hearst, Scripps, Mashable and other media and technology companies. Their work was published in real time at

Our opinion: Protecting your right to know

Source Reformer on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

"For decades, Vermont has been at the bottom of the list of states for the public's right to know the truth about government operations, records and meetings."

So begins a recent opinion piece by Joe Choquette, sent by the Vermont Press Association to various media outlets around the state.

(As a point of full disclosure, Choquette is a longtime lobbyist with Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC, whose clients include the Vermont Press Association, which represents the interests of the 11 daily and more than four dozen non-daily newspapers in Vermont.)

Majority of Smartphone Owners are Now Routinely Using News Apps

Source Editor & Publisher on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

More than 6 in 10 smartphone owners are now routinely using news apps on their smartphones according to the latest mobile media survey from the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI).

Nearly 3 in 10 are using smartphone news apps branded by newspapers.

How To Create a Media Partnership

Source The Communications Network on May 28, 2014 0 Comments

For the past year, the Rasmuson Foundation has been partnering with the Anchorage Daily News (ADN) on a special project, “State of Intoxication,” a print and video series about the profound effects over-consumption has on the lives of Alaskans.

This was the first high-profile partnership between for-profit news media and philanthropy in Alaska, and as such, it raised a lot of questions and generated a lot of ideas.

RJI fellows focus on community and how tech affects news

Source Knight Digital Media Center on May 21, 2014 0 Comments

The Reynolds Journalism Institute recently awarded 13 fellowships for the 2014-2015 school year, choosing projects that engage communities, grow news venue revenues and seek to make the most efficient use of new technology. Now funding its seventh class of fellowships, RJI has awarded a total of 51 fellows since 2004.

My Two Cents application claims top honors at RJI Tech Showcase

Source MU College of Engineering on May 9, 2014 0 Comments

The University of Missouri’s Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI) named the winner of its seventh annual Tech Showcase on April 21.

Alumnus leads development of MU Gameday football app

Source MU College of Engineering on May 9, 2014 0 Comments

Tyten Teegarden, who earned his bachelor’s in information technology in 2010, and four convergence journalism students began work on an MU Gameday app last semester.

App Developed by MU Students Helps Users Alert Dispatchers in Emergencies

Source The Columbia Tribune on May 8, 2014 0 Comments

The creators of a smartphone application that can transmit a user's location to 911 dispatchers in the event of an emergency hope their product can help increase the safety of their customers and their communities.

The creators of the SafeTrek app — a group of current and former University of Missouri students — came up with the idea for the app after hearing concerns from friends about feeling uneasy while walking home or to their car late at night.

"We had recently gone to a student government conference with other SEC schools, and campus safety was a big discussion topic," said Zach Beattie, one of the SafeTrek founders.

The app is simple. The user opens up the app, presses the main button on the screen and holds it until he or she feels safe. As soon as the user takes the finger off the button, he or she is prompted to enter a pin. If users don't enter the pin within 10 seconds, the app alerts a third-party call center, which then relays the location information to dispatchers.

'Pictures of the Year' Photo Exhibit Opens April 25, Only at the Newseum

Source Consumer Electronics Net on May 8, 2014 0 Comments

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Friday, April 25, 2014, the Newseum will open "Pictures of the Year," an exhibit that showcases dramatic, award-winning images of the people, events and issues that shaped the world in 2013. The photos are a selection of the best news images from Pictures of the Year International (POYi), one of the oldest and most prestigious photojournalism contests in the world.

Visitors will see images from some of 2013's biggest news stories, including the war in Syria and the Boston Marathon bombing, along with lighter moments such as Detroit Tigers right fielder Torii Hunter flipping over the wall of Boston's Fenway Park as he tries to catch a grand slam during the American League Championship Series.

The Gate: Newseum Exhibit Captures Year in Photos

Source The Washington Post on May 7, 2014 0 Comments

The otherworldly sight of African migrants, lit only by the moon and the light of their cellphones, held aloft, trying to grab signals from nearby Somalia to call their relatives. The terror of a mall turned battleground after a brazen attack in Kenya. A severely malnourished child crying out from her mother’s burqa at an Afghan hospital. The best photojournalists have a way of capturing a whole of a complex story in a single frame and, with their artistry, make it live in our memory long after news has marched on. News pictures too good to forget from last year have been honored and are being displayed in the Pictures of the Year 2013 exhibition that has become an anticipated tradition at the Newseum. The show opens Friday for a five-month run through Sept. 1.

Years the Newseum has partnered with Pictures of the Year International to display the best of their annual contest, which is the oldest photojournalism contest in the world. The partnership began in 2011 when the Newseum displayed winners from the 2010 Pictures of the Year.

The 7 Deadly Sins of Modern Publishing

Source DigiDay on May 7, 2014 0 Comments

Online publishers constantly talk about how they’re making their sites as beautiful and reader-friendly as possible, with layouts that put the reader first, innovative storytelling formats and ads that don’t detract from the user experience. So why do so many publishers still insult their readers with intrusive ads, offers and borrowed content?

We rounded up some of the classic examples of the worst offenses.

San Francisco Chronicle Photographer Lacy Atkins Is Finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize

Source Boston News on May 7, 2014 0 Comments

SAN FRANCISCO, CA -- (Marketwired) -- 04/14/14 -- The San Francisco Chronicle announced today that photographer Lacy Atkins is a finalist for the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for Featured Photography for her work on "Even Odds," a story about the fear, struggles and loss that African American males face in Oakland and the city's attempt to address them.

Atkins worked tirelessly to understand the subjects and their personal struggles, even during a difficult time when her own partner was battling cancer. Her dedication to her work and subjects is evident in the profound nature of her photography.

Student-designed Android app gathers donations for public radio’s producers

Source on May 7, 2014 0 Comments

An app conceived designed by an interdisciplinary team of students won an annual competition for student developers held by the university’s Reynolds Journalism Institute and sponsored by the Public Media Platform.

Newspaper publishers remain optimistic about future of their industry

Source iNews Design on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

Despite sharp revenue declines over the last five years, publishers of U.S. daily newspapers remain optimistic about the future of their industry.

After a year marked by solid growth in mobile products and a proliferation of paid content models, an overwhelming majority of publishers in a recent survey — 69 percent — expressed optimism about the future of their business. Only 6 percent said they were not optimistic. More than 400 publishers were surveyed in late 2013 as part of the second Publishers Confidence Index, the largest study of its kind, conducted by the Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute and the Missouri School of Journalism.

David Cohn: Circa's mobile approach: The structure and form of news re-thought

Source Slide Share on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

1. Follow the news NovemberConfidential
2. How we consume news c. 1605-2008 c. Today e.g. gap time while in line for coffee, waiting at a subway stop, etc.
3. Current news apps take an existing format and force it into a smaller screen where readers also have a dramatically shorter attention span New York Times iPhone App

Introducing Real-Time Social Journalism at RJI’s MobileFirst Symposium

Source Bubble And Blender on April 14, 2014 0 Comments

On a cold Sunday evening in February, John Walton (@thatjohn) took a break from binge watching House of Cards Season 2, and logged on to an aviation forum to catch up with colleagues a half a world away. A freelance aviation journalist, Walton and his friends were watching air traffic when it became clear that an Ethiopian Airlines 737 had flown dramatically off course. As they listened in to air traffic control, the reason for the misdirection became clear: the aircraft’s pilot had hi-jacked the plane and was seeking amnesty in Geneva, Switzerland.

This journalist knew he had a story and he knew he had it hours before any other reporter was likely to. He didn’t, however, have a printing press or a broadcast tower or even a well-trafficked web site, for that matter. He did have Twitter and more than 3,000 followers. So, at 8:25p.m. EST on February 16, John used the only publishing platform at his disposal to break the news.